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Tyler Myers, D, BUF9/22/2014 6:26:00 PM
Description: It is not out of the question for Tyler Myers to return to the 40-point level for the 2014-2015 season.
Insight: Myers has not reached the 40-point mark again since his rookie season in 2008-2009, the year he won the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie. Myers, however, played much better under coach Ted Nolan, who took over mid-way through last year. He will also be paired with his good friend, Josh Gorges, on the blue line.
Drew Stafford, RW, BUF9/22/2014 6:21:00 PM
Description: Sabres right wing Drew Stafford is trying to repeat his 30-goal season from the 2009-2010 season.
Insight: Stafford told the Buffalo News that the Sabres enter this season with higher expectations despite finishing last year with the fewest points in the NHL. With the right linemates, Stafford could threaten the 30-goal mark again, but with his situation in flex, he is not a player worth spending a high pick on in the draft. We see Stafford in the 15-20 goal range this year.
Chris Stewart, RW, BUF9/22/2014 6:16:00 PM
Description: Sabres winger Chris Stewart is one of the biggest boom-or-bust fantasy hockey players for the 2014-2015 season.
Insight: Stewart told Buffalo News that he has high expectations for himself this season, and he has the motivation to succeed being in a contract year. Still, Stewart sometimes goes long stretches without a point. It will depend greatly on his situation this year, but he should be one of Buffalo's top six forwards with around 17 goals and 30-35 points.
Cody Hodgson, C, BUF9/22/2014 6:09:00 PM
Description: Sabres center Cody Hodgson looks like he will have a lot of upside playing on Buffalo's top line this season.
Insight: The Sabres have a lot of young, and they, hope up-and-coming players, and it is unclear how they will use them all. Hodgson should benefit from Matt Moulson's presence on the power play, but he needs to show more two-way ability to see more playing time overall.
Matt Moulson, LW, BUF9/22/2014 5:57:00 PM
Description: In his return to Buffalo, Matt Moulson has a chance to lead the Sabres in scoring this season.
Insight: Moulson played for three different teams last year, so he was likely never comfortable enough with his linemates or locker room situation to return to his 30-goal form. Buffalo hopes he can reach the 30-goal mark this season for the first time since 2010-2011. Our projections have him getting close, leading Buffalo with 27 goals and 55 points.
Tyler Ennis, LW, BUF9/22/2014 5:49:00 PM
Description: Tyler Ennis' agent, Eustace King, predicted this past summer that Ennis will peak around 30 goals and 70 points.
Insight: King is not going to come forward and say his client is going to perform badly, so on some level, this doesn't really mean much. We see Ennis more around the 50-55 point range with 20-25 goals. He will play alongside Matt Moulson for an entire season this year, which will help, but we don't see a 10 goal increase from 21 scores a year ago.
Justin Schultz, D, EDM9/22/2014 2:47:00 PM
Description: the Oilers have a lot of defense-minded defenseman which means the offensive minded Justin Schultz should be a mainstay on the power play.
Insight: The 24-year-old Schultz came into the NHL with huge expectations after putting up 48 points in 34 games in the AHL in 2012-13, but he's yet to be that type of guy in the NHL. At TSN we have him posting 52 points (20 goals) in 2014-15 and getting a lot closer to those lofty goals.
David Perron, LW, EDM9/22/2014 2:39:00 PM
Description: Edmonton left wing David Perron came close to a 30-30 season, finishing with 28 goals and 29 assists.
Insight: Perron would be a lot more valuable if he were playing on the top line, but he's more likely to be a second line winger with Benoit Pouliot and a question mark. It's the question mark that is the cause for his TSN projections dropping to 20 goals and 26 assists.
Jordan Eberle, C, EDM9/22/2014 2:34:00 PM
Description: Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle should be the third member of Edmonton's top line along with Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
Insight: Eberle (28 G, 37 A) has been a solid points producer for the last three seasons and as long as he stays on this line should be a viable fantasy option, but he's not trending upward like Hall. Another Oiler with a bad plus/minus rating.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C, EDM9/22/2014 2:29:00 PM
Description: Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins produced career-best number sin 2013 with 56 points.
Insight: He's only 21-years-old, starting his fourth season, and should be on both the first line and power play unit, so 60-70 points is possible. We'd like him and the Oilers to play better defense as the -12 rating isn't helping his ADP.
Taylor Hall, LW, EDM9/22/2014 2:25:00 PM
Description: Edmonton Oilers young left wing Taylor Hall took a giant leap forward last season, from 50 points in 2012 to 80 points last season but may not make as big a leap this time around.
Insight: We're primarily concerned about the talent surrounding him. He posted 80 points last season (27 G, 53 A), but could take a step back if his teammates can't play at his level. TSN projections have him with 36 goals and 46 assists.
Reilly Smith, RW, BOS9/20/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Bruins right wing Reilly Smith could provide nice value late in drafts.
Insight: He is going in the middle of the 14th round on average. After posting 51 points (20 goals and 31 assists), and only 23-years-old, those numbers are destined to increase.
Patrice Bergeron, C, BOSHot9/20/2014 6:40:00 PM
Description: Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has received the honor of appearing on the cover of NHL '15.
Insight: Not only is he on a video game cover, but he is also coming a fantastic season (30 goals, 32 assists, +38). Target Bergeron in the late 4th round to early 5th round.
Brad Marchand, LW, BOS9/20/2014 6:34:00 PM
Description: Bruins left wing Brad Marchand should continue to be a solid fantasy contributer in 2014-15.
Insight: He played all 82 games last season and finsished with 25 goals, 28 assists, and a nice +36 rating. Marchand is being targeted as a 12th round pick as of now, and that could wind up becoming a steal.
Loui Eriksson, RW, BOS9/20/2014 6:27:00 PM
Description: Bruins winger Loui Erksson will start the season on the top line for Boston.
Insight: From the 2008-09 season through 2011-12, Eriksson compiled at least 63 points each year. However, after playing in only 61 games during his first season in Boston, he was only able to manage 10 goals and 27 assists, with a +14 rating. Playing on the top line will give Eriksson a nice chance to get back to the 70-point mark. Look to target him around the 13th round.
David Krejci, C, BOS9/20/2014 6:20:00 PM
Description: Bruins center David Krejci is ready for a career-year in 2014-15.
Insight: Fresh off a six-year, $43.5 million extension, Krejci will be centering Boston's top line this season. Coming off a 62-point season (19 goals, 50 assists), he will be a solid target starting around the seventh round of fantasy drafts.
Milan Lucic, LW, BOS9/20/2014 6:14:00 PM
Description: Milan Lucic is hoping for a long-term commitment from the Boston Bruins.
Insight: After commitments to David Krejci, Tuuka Rask, and Patrice Bergeron, Lucic would seem to be next in line. At 26-years-old, he is just entering his prime, and will have a tremndous opportunity to build off his big 2013 season (23 goals, 35 assists, 30+/-). Target Lucic in the middle of your draft.
Saku Koivu, C, ANA9/20/2014 2:05:00 PM
Description: Ducks center Saku Koivu retired last week ending his career after 18 seasons with Montreal and Anaheim.
Insight: Koivu was never a superstar fantasy value, but he did have two 70-plus points seasons and finished his career with 255 goals and 577 assists.
Kyle Palmieri, C, ANA9/20/2014 1:58:00 PM
Description: Ducks right wing Kyle Palmieri suffered a high ankle sprain to his right leg and is expected to miss about two weeks.
Insight: That timetable would return him to the lineup just around opening day. He had 14 goals and 17 assists in 71 games last season - not everyday start-worthy, but a nice fill-in option for fantasy owners.
Shea Theodore, D, ANA9/20/2014 1:54:00 PM
Description: Anaheim defensive prospect Shea Theodore will miss 4-6 weeks due to an ulnar collateral ligament sprain in his right elbow.
Insight: Theodore put up huge numbers in the WHL last season (22 goals, 57 assists) and had an outside shot at making the opening day roster, but this will end that hope.
Ales Hemsky, RW, DAL9/20/2014 12:20:00 PM
Description: Right winger Ales Hemsky is destined to play with a good center in Dallas, most likely Speeza on the second line.
Insight: Hemsky and Spezza had success playing together last season after Edmonton traded Hemsky to Ottawa. The 31-year-old winger produced 43 points last season between the two teams and hopefully can improve on an ugly -15 rating.
Antoine Roussel, LW, DAL9/20/2014 12:17:00 PM
Description: Dallas left wing Antonie Roussel has a limited upside on the offensive end, but fantasy owners liked his 209 PIM of a season ago.
Insight: Roussel could post as many as 18-20 goals as long as he plays alongside Spezza and with his physical nature can be a low-end fantasy value.
Jason Spezza, C, DAL9/20/2014 12:10:00 PM
Description: Dallas' newly-acquired center Jason Spezza figures to play on a solid second line with Antoine Roussel and Ales Hemsky.
Insight: Spezza isn't going to be a 90-point scorer like he was in Ottawa for so many seasons, but 60-70 points is certainly possible.
Valeri Nichushkin, RW, DAL9/20/2014 12:04:00 PM
Description: Stars young winger Valeri Nichushkin has a prime spot on the top line with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin and his numbers can only go one way ... up.
Insight: The 19-year-old Nichushkin, the 2013 10th overall pick, managed 14 goals and 20 assists last season. As long as he's with the two "star" Stars he should be an easy 20-20 guy in his second season. And if he gets significant power play time he could have a breakout season.
Tyler Seguin, C, DAL9/20/2014 11:57:00 AM
Description: Dallas center Tyler Seguin came into his own in his first season with Dallas and alongside winger Jamie Benn became a dynamic top line.
Insight: The 22-year-old produced career-best numbers in goals (37), assists (47), points (84), PPG (11) and shots (294). He also averaged a career high 19:21 minutes on ice. If Valeri Nichushkin continues to improve as the third member of the line, these numbers could go even higher.
Jamie Benn, LW, DAL9/20/2014 11:43:00 AM
Description: A lot is expected of Dallas Stars winger Jamie Benn in 2014-15 after a 79-point season in 81 games last year.
Insight: The 25-year-old benefited from Dallas' addition of Tyler Seguin and posted career-highs in goals, assists, plus/minus, PIM and shots. After a solid Team Canada performance we are projecting more personal records with 39 goals and 83 points.
Daniel Cleary, RW, DET9/20/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Red Wings winger Danny Cleary (knee) appears to have arrived at training camp healthy for the first time in a couple years.
Insight: Cleary has the ability to be a 20-20 guy if he can stay on the ice. It's encouraging that he was reported to be playing on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen for the first practice, but nothing is guaranteed.
Jamie McGinn, LW, COL9/20/2014 12:15:00 AM
Description: Colorado left wing Jamie McGinn missed the opening day of practice.
Insight: Not unexpected as McGinn is recovering from offseason back surgery. With 19 goals, 19 assists, 30 PIM, 167 SOG McGinn has low-end fantasy value when healthy.
Craig Anderson, G, OTT9/20/2014 12:09:00 AM
Description: Those concerned that Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson would be in a 50-50 time share situation with Robin Lehner should like the words spoken by head coach Paul MacLean on Friday.
Insight: "Craig Anderson is the No. 1 goaltender," reports Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen. Anderson was a disappointing 25-16-8 with a 3.00 GAA and .911 save percentage last season. Only time will tell, but we see Lehner with a significant workload.
Anze Kopitar, C, LOS9/19/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: Kings head coach Darryl Sutter believes that center Anze Kopitar does not get the recognition for his offensive game according to the Orange County Register.
Insight: Kopitar scored 29 goals and 70 points in 82 games last season. He also led the Stanley Cup playoffs in points. The center will certainly draw attention in standard fantasy leagues as he should go pretty early.
Brent Burns, RW, SJS9/19/2014 9:43:00 PM
Description: San Jose head coach Todd McLellan confirms that the team sees Brent Burns as a defenseman and not a forward according to CSN Bay Area.
Insight: Both Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau said they would like to see Burns return to forward, but their head coach does not agree. Being that the Sharks lost Dan Boyle and Brad Stuart this offseason, it is probably best for the team leaving Burns on the blue line.
Ryan Murray, D, CLB9/19/2014 9:25:00 PM
Description: Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray did not practice with his teammates on the first day of training camp due to a knee injury according to
Insight: Murray planned to practice in the afternoon on Friday but never made it onto the ice. General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen said Murray's absence was just part of his rehab schedule. Murray should be a key player to the Blue Jackets defense this season.
Claude Giroux, C, PHI9/19/2014 6:53:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia center Claude Giroux suffered a lower body injury during the first day of practice.
Insight: He is expected to miss two week, but barring any further issues should still be ready for the regular season.
Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT9/18/2014 1:32:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin has a minor undisclosed injury according to
Insight: Malkin, along with Sidney Crosby, will miss the start of training camp with minor injuries. Neither one is supposed to be serious. The Penguins will be holding them out as a precaution.
Anthony Mantha, RW, DET9/18/2014 1:30:00 PM
Description: Red Wings winger Anthony Mantha will be out six-to-eight weeks due to a fractured right tibia.
Insight: He was injured on Monday while playing in a rookie tournament game.The 20th overall pick in the 2013 draft was expected to compete for a roster spot in training camp, but that has been put on hold for the time being.
Sidney Crosby, C, PIT9/18/2014 1:27:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby will miss the start of training camp due to an undisclosed injury according to
Insight: Crosby's injury is apparently not related to his wrist, which he had surgery on this summer. Whatever it is, it is considered minor. The Penguins will be cautious with their captain once training camp begins. No point in pushing Crosby at this point. This should not at all effect Crosby's fantasy draft position.
Steve Mason, G, PHI8/21/2014 1:56:00 PM
Description: Flyers goalie Steve Mason (finger) returned to the ice this week after not skating the past three weeks according to the Philadelphia Daily News.
Insight: He suffered a broken pinky finger while playing ball hockey, but Mason should be ready for training camp. He posted a 33-18 record with a 2.50 goals against average in 61 games last year.
Clarke MacArthur, LW, OTT8/21/2014 1:48:00 PM
Description: Left wing Clarke MacArthur and the Senators have come to terms on a five-year extension.
Insight: MacArthur went on to tell the Ottawa Sun that he will not change the way he plays the game. "Just because I've got a five-year deal, that doesn't mean I need to change a whole lot. I kind of want to play the same game. I want to play good in both ends." MacArthur had 24 goals and 31 assists in his first season in Ottawa last year.
Alexander Semin, RW, CAR8/21/2014 1:35:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis told that he expects forward Alexander Semin to be ready when training camp begins.
Insight: "He's training, according to his agent, a couple times a day and doing therapy on the wrist as well. There were no issues with the wrist, as far as I was told," Francis said. A report surfaced about a week-and-a-half ago that Semin hadn't fully recovered yet from off-season surgery to his wrist, which had been nagging him since the beginning of last year. Francis expects that to be a thing of the past.
Raffi Torres, LW, SJS8/21/2014 12:49:00 PM
Description: San Jose winger Raffi Torres will miss the first few months of the season because of an infection he developed after surgery to his right knee according to David Pollack of Mercury News.
Insight: Torres had another surgery on his knee due to the infection. He missed most of last season while recovering from a torn ACL.
Carey Price, G, MON8/21/2014 12:45:00 PM
Description: Montreal goaltender Carey Price told the Montreal Gazette skating is "going pretty good so far."
Insight: Price stayed in Montreal until the end of June to rehabiliate his sprained knee. Rangers winger Chris Kreider crashed into Price's leg in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The goaltender missed the rest of the series but should be ready for training camp.
Eric Staal, C, CAR7/30/2014 5:39:00 PM
Description: Carolina center Eric Staal suffered a core muscle injury while training and needed to undergo surgery, according to
Insight: GM Ron Francis said Staal should be ready for training camp. The 29-year-old had just 21 goals, 40 assists and 230 SOG over 79 games in 2013-14 after generating 18 goals, 35 assists and 152 SOG in 48 games during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.
Tyler Ennis, LW, BUF7/17/2014 3:34:00 PM
Description: The Sabres have signed Tyler Ennis to a multiyear contract extension.
Insight: The 24-year-old had a career-high 21 goals and added 22 assists and 210 SOG over 80 games in 2013-14. The talent is lacking in Buffalo so he likely won't be much better than that in 2014-15.
Jonathan Toews, C, CHI7/9/2014 1:26:00 PM
Description: The Blackhawks have signed Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to matching eight-year, $84 million extensions.
Insight: Toews is one of the top two-way players in the NHL. He had 68 points (28 goals) in 76 regular season games and 17 points (nine goals) in 19 postseason games this past season.
Patrick Kane, RW, CHI 7/9/2014 1:23:00 PM
Description: The Blackhawks have signed Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews to identical eight-year, $84 million contract extensions.
Insight: The new cap hits start in the 2015-16 season. Kane has produced 124 points (52 goals) in 116 games the past two seasons and has 91 points (37 goals) in 93 career playoff games.
Mike Fisher, C, NAS7/7/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Predators center Mike Fisher suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon and will miss the next four-to-six months, according to
Insight: While Fisher isn't great, he's the Predators top center and was expected to play with newly acquired winger James Neal. Either Matt Cullen or Colin Wilson will play with Neal while Fisher is out. Obviously, both are a big step down from Evgeni Malkin.
David Legwand, C, OTT7/4/2014 8:18:00 PM
Description: David Legwand has signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the Senators.
Insight: Legwand played the first 956 games of his career with the Nashville Predators before going to his hometown Red Wings at the trade deadline last season. He finished with 51 points (14 goals) in 83 games.
Dave Bolland, C, FLA7/3/2014 1:11:00 PM
Description: The Panthers signed Dave Bolland to a five-year, $27.5 million contract on Tuesday.
Insight: It's a massive overpay for a player who isn't a top-line caliber center. Bolland suffered a severed tendon in his ankle last season and played just 23 games for Toronto.
Jussi Jokinen, LW, FLA7/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
Description: Jussi Jokinen will likely see a decrese in fantasy value after signing with the Florida Panthers Tuesday.
Insight: Jokinen saw top-six minutes for the Penguins last season and finished with 21 goals and 57 points, both his most since 2009-10. However, he'll go from having Evgeni Malkin as his center to 21-year-old Nick Bjugstad, 18-year-old Aleksander Barkov or fellow free agent signee Dave Bolland.
Radim Vrbata, RW, VAN7/2/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Radim Vrbata has signed a two-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks.
Insight: The 33-year-old Vrbata had 20 goals, 31 assists, 263 SOG and 21 PPP last season, so he was still a quality fantasy winger. His value will grow on the Canucks, especially if he's used on the top line with the Sedins.
Mikhail Grabovski, C, NYI7/2/2014 6:11:00 PM
Description: The Islanders have signed center Mikhail Grabovski to a four-year, $20 million contract.
Insight: In just 58 games for the Capitals last year, Grabovski had 13 goals and 22 assists (35 points). He's produced 50-plus points twice in his career and is a solid second- or third-line center.
Matt Moulson, LW, BUF7/2/2014 5:48:00 PM
Description: Matt Moulson signed a five-year, $25 million contract with the Sabres Tuesday.
Insight: The Islanders trade of Moulson to the Sabres for Thomas Vanek last season promptly sunk his fantasy value. He had 11 goals and 18 assists in 44 games with Buffalo before being dealt to Minnesota, where he had six goals and seven assists in 20 games. He'll be a 50-point player at best in 2014-15 given the talent level on the Sabres.
Ryan Miller, G, VAN 7/2/2014 12:37:00 PM
Description: Goalie Ryan Miller signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Canucks on Tuesday.
Insight: Eddie Lack had a 2.41 GAA, a .912 SV% and four shutouts as a rookie last year, but the Canucks decided to bring in the top goalie on the free agent market in Miller. Miller, a former Vezina Trophy winner, had a 2.64 GAA and a .918 SV% with the Sabres and Blues last season, but he played poorly in the final month of the regular season and the playoffs.
Jonas Hiller, G, CAL 7/1/2014 8:45:00 PM
Description: Goalie Jonas Hiller is now a member of the Calgary Flames.
Insight: Calgary gave him a two-year, $9 million contract on Tuesday. Hiller had 29 wins, a 2.48 GAA and a .911 SV% with the Anaheim Ducks last season and owns a .916 SV% in his career. The Flames were one of the worst possession teams in the NHL last season and are still in rebuilding mode, so Hiller's fantasy value takes a big hit with this move.
Ales Hemsky, RW, DAL7/1/2014 8:41:00 PM
Description: Right winger Ales Hemsky signed with the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.
Insight: The Stars gave him $12 million over three years. Hemsky presumably will play with newly acquired center Jason Spezza on the team's second line. Hemsky and Spezza had success playing together last season after the Oilers traded Hemsky to Ottawa. The 30-year-old winger tallied four goals and 13 assists in 20 games with the Sens.
Christian Ehrhoff, D, PIT7/1/2014 8:34:00 PM
Description: After being bought out by the Sabres a couple days ago, defenseman Christian Ehrhoff signed with the Penguins Tuesday.
Insight: Ehrhoff inked a one-year deal worth $4 million. The 31-year-old Ehrhoff has averaged eight goals and 29 assists (37 points) per 82 games in his career. While the Penguins' top power-play unit has consisted of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz, James Neal and Kris Letang the past few seasons, they just traded Neal and may go with Ehrhoff in his place in 2014-15.
Matt Niskanen, D, WAS7/1/2014 8:31:00 PM
Description: The Capitals have signed defenseman Matt Niskanen to a seven-year contract.
Insight: With Kris Letang and Paul Martin dealing with injuries for most of the season, the 27-year-old Niskanen stepped up and served as the Penguins top blueliner. He finished with 10 goals and 36 assists in 81 games, all career highs. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to quite reach those numbers again.
Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN7/1/2014 8:26:00 PM
Description: Thomas Vanek has signed a three-year, $19.5 million deal with the Wild.
Insight: Minnesota will be the fourth team Vanek has played for since the start of the 2013-14 season. Vanek played for the University of Minnesota from 2002-04. He had fantasy value everywhere he went last season, producing nine points in 13 games with Buffalo, 15 points in 18 games with Montreal and 44 points in 47 games with the New York Islanders. He should challenge the 70-point mark again in 2014-15.
Jarome Iginla, RW, COL7/1/2014 8:22:00 PM
Description: After one season in Boston, Jarome Iginla has signed a three-year, $16 million contract with the Avalanche.
Insight: Iginla, who had 30 goals and 31 assists in 78 games last season, will provide a veteran presence on a team flush with young forwards. Paul Statsny signed with the Blues on Tuesday, but Iginla will still get a chance to play with either Nathan MacKinnon or Matt Duchene.
Brad Richards, C, CHI7/1/2014 8:19:00 PM
Description: The Blackhawks have signed Brad Richards to a one-year, $2 million contract.
Insight: The Rangers bought out Brad Richards in June. The 34-year-old had 51 points (20 goals) in 82 games last season, but he certainly could see an uptick as Chicago's second-line center.
Paul Stastny, C, STL 7/1/2014 8:14:00 PM
Description: Paul Stastny has signed a four-year, $28 million contract with the St. Louis Blues.
Insight: The 28-year-old Stastny had 25 goals and 60 points in 71 games last season and has produced at least 53 points in a season six times, but the Avalanche didn't have to re-sign him with so many young and talented centers in the fold. Whether he centers the top line or skates on the second line, Stastny is going to be playing with some skilled teammates as the Blues have one of the deepest teams in the NHL.
Jason Spezza, C, DAL7/1/2014 8:09:00 PM
Description: The Senators have traded Jason Spezza to the Stars along with Ludvig Karlsson for Alex Guptill, Nicholas Paul, Alex Chiasson and a 2015 second-round pick.
Insight: This is the second straight offseason the Stars have acquired a frontline center. Spezza is likely to center the team's second line with free-agent acquisition Ales Hemsky at right wing. He shouldn't lose any fantasy value from the move.
James Neal, LW, NAS6/27/2014 9:28:00 PM
Description: The Penguins have traded James Neal to Nashville for forwards Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling. SOURCE: Darren Dreger, TSN
Insight: Neal's fantasy value will never be higher than it was in Pittsburgh where he got to play alongside MVP winners Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Despite a weaker supporting cast, Neal is still a talented player and should score his fair share of goals for the Predators next season.
Ryan Kesler, C, ANA6/27/2014 9:21:00 PM
Description: Anaheim has acquired center Ryan Kesler from the Canucks. SOURCE: Pierre LeBrun, ESPN
Insight: The Ducks are sending Nick Bonino to Vancouver along with Luca Sbisa and the 24th overall pick in tonight's NHL Draft. In ten seasons with the Canucks, Kesler tallied 182 goals while firing 1,557 shots on net.
Mike Ribeiro, C, ARI6/27/2014 9:15:00 PM
Description: The Coyotes have decided to buy out the rest of Mike Ribeiro's contract. SOURCE:
Insight: The move has more to do with Ribeiro's increasingly erratic behavior than the Coyotes' salary cap number. He posted 47 points (16 goals, 31 assists) in his only year in Arizona.
Marian Gaborik, RW, LOS6/25/2014 3:03:00 PM
Description: Marian Gaborik has re-signed with the Kings for seven years.
Insight: Los Angeles hit the jackpot in its deadline acquisition of Gaborik for Matt Frattin and two draft picks. He had five goals and 11 assists in 19 regular season games and led the NHL with 14 goals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs to help the Kings win their second title in three years. This is still a risky signing, however, because Gaborik is 32 years old and missed 41 games last season.
Ryan Callahan, RW, TAM6/25/2014 3:00:00 PM
Description: Winger Ryan Callahan is staying with the Lightning on a six-year deal worth $34.8 million.
Insight: Callahan had six goals and five assists in 20 games after the Rangers traded him to Tampa Bay for Martin St. Louis. The gritty forward has accumulated 265 points in 470 career games.
Sidney Crosby, C, PIT6/24/2014 9:47:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby has won the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player for the second time in his career.
Insight: Crosby's first MVP came in 2007 when he was only 19 years old. The 104 points Crosby netted this year were his most since 2010. The former No. 1 pick should be an MVP front-runner for the forseeable future.
Tuukka Rask, G, BOS6/24/2014 9:39:00 PM
Description: Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask has been awarded the Vezina Trophy as the league's best goaltender for the 2013-14 season.
Insight: Boston goalies have taken three of the last six Vezina trophies. Rask was certainly deserving of the honor, winning 36 games for the B's this year while logging an impressive 2.04 GAA. Only Minnesota's Josh Harding (.933) had a higher save percentage than Rask (.930) during the regular season.
Nathan MacKinnon, C, COL6/24/2014 9:34:00 PM
Description: Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon is your 2013-14 NHL Rookie of the Year.
Insight: The first pick in last year's draft didn't disappoint in his rookie season. In 82 games, MacKinnon produced 24 goals, 39 assists and a +20 rating while providing five game-winning goals. The 18-year-old from Nova Scotia has an extremely bright future in Colorado.
Duncan Keith, D, CHI6/24/2014 9:31:00 PM
Description: Chicago's Duncan Keith has won the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman for the 2013-14 season.
Insight: Duncan received the same honor back in 2010. He was second in points among defenseman last season with 61 in 79 games. Duncan turns 31 in July.
Jonathan Quick, G, LOS6/24/2014 8:02:00 PM
Description: Kings goalie Jonathan Quick will need 10-to-12 weeks to recover after undergoing wrist surgery. SOURCE: Brandon Sun, Canadien Press
Insight: If Quick was injured during the playoffs, he sure didn't play like it (16-10, 2.58 GAA in 26 games). The two-time Stanley Cup champion should be ready for the start of the season.
Scott Hartnell, RW, CLB6/23/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: The Flyers traded Scott Hartnell to the Columbus Blue Jackets for R.J. Umberger on Monday.
Insight: The Flyers also received a fourth-round pick. Hartnell had 52 points (20 goals) in 78 games this past season. The 32-year-old has five years remaining on a six-year, $28.5 million contract and had to waive his no-trade clause. "(Flyers GM Ron Hextall) decided it was best for me to move on from the Flyers," Hartnell said. "To be honest, I was pretty shocked at first. I was upset and a little angry. I took a few days to look at the situation. It was hard." Hartnell will lose fantasy value going from Philly to Columbus.
Brad Richards, C, NYR6/21/2014 4:20:00 PM
Description: Brad Richards has been bought out by the Rangers. SOURCE: Nick Kypreos, Sportsnet
Insight: It's not unexpected and the move frees up nearly $7 million in cap room for New York. Richards was productive during his three-year stay in Manhattan, generating 56 goals and 95 assists in 210 games for the Blue Shirts. This season marked Richards' second trip to the Stanley Cup after winning it with the Lightning in 2004.
Shawn Thornton, LW, BOS6/17/2014 7:41:00 PM
Description: The Bruins have told left wing Shawn Thornton that they won't be re-signing him. SOURCE: TSN
Insight: Thornton (five goals, three assists in 2013-14) said he appreciated the team's honesty. He's a fourth-liner with no fantasy value.
Justin Williams, RW, LOSHot6/14/2014 5:12:00 PM
Description: Kings winger Justin Williams took home the Conn Smythe trophy for the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Insight: Williams produced nine goals and 25 points in 26 postseason games for the Stanley Cup champions after putting up 19 goals, 24 assists and 239 shots on goal in the regular season. In the seven games in which the Kings faced elimination this postseason, Williams had six goals and five assists.
Kimmo Timonen, D, PHI6/13/2014 9:14:00 PM
Description: The Flyers have re-signed defenseman Kimmo Timonen. SOURCE:
Insight: Timonen's one-year deal is worth $2 million. It wouldn't be surprising if the 39-year-old called it quits after next season.
Jason Spezza, C, OTT6/11/2014 8:46:00 PM
Description: Senators center Jason Spezza has asked for a trade. SOURCE: Bruce Garrioch, Ottawa Sun
Insight: We've heard rumblings about this for a while so it isn't exactly breaking news that Spezza wants out of Ottawa. He was 14th among centers in scoring this year with 66 points in 75 games.
Logan Couture, C, SJS6/11/2014 4:01:00 PM
Description: San Jose center Logan Couture underwent surgery on his hand last week, according to the Associated Press.
Insight: Couture hurt his hand fighting with Mike Richards of the Kings in Game 6 of San Jose's first-round playoff series, which the Kings won after coming back from a 3-0 deficit. He's expected to be fully recovered by training camp.
Ondrej Palat, LW, TAM6/10/2014 8:02:00 PM
Description: Ondrej Palat and the Lightning have agreed to a new three-year, $10 million deal. SOURCE: St. Petersburg Times
Insight: Palat performed admirably as a rookie, scoring 23 goals and contributing 36 assists in 81 regular season contests. The 23-year-old has a bright future in Tampa Bay.
Daniel Carcillo, LW, NYR6/10/2014 3:20:00 PM
Description: New York Rangers left wing Daniel Carcillo is eligible to play in Game 4 after serving his suspension.
Insight: Whether he does, is another story. Carcillo only contributed in one fantasy category this season. He had 100 penalty minutes in 57 games.
Dan Boyle, D, NYI6/9/2014 8:11:00 PM
Description: Defenseman Dan Boyle reportedly has no interest in playing for the New York Islanders, who acquired the veteran blueliner's rights from the Sharks on June 5 for a conditional 2015 fifth-round pick. SOURCE: Andy Strickland, Big 550 KTRS.
Insight: The 37-year-old Boyle will become a restricted free agent on July 1 and is only interested in playing for a contender. In 75 games this past season, Boyle had 12 goals but just 24 assists, 154 shots and a -8 rating. Two seasons ago, Boyle had 48 points (9 G, 39 A), a +10 and 252 SOG in 81 games.
Martin Brodeur, G, NJD6/6/2014 9:30:00 PM
Description: Martin Brodeur will test free agency this summer. The veteran goaltender is not expected to return to New Jersey. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: All good things must come to an end. Assuming Brodeur has played his final game for the Devils, he'll finish his New Jersey career with 688 wins, 394 losses and a 2.24 GAA. The 42-year-old is likely to be a backup wherever he plays next season.
Dan Boyle, D, NYI6/5/2014 7:51:00 PM
Description: The Sharks have traded Dan Boyle's rights to the Islanders for a conditional 2015 fifth-round pick.
Insight: The pick becomes a fourth-rounder if Boyle signs with the Islanders. He'll become a restricted free agent on July 1. In 75 games this past season, Boyle had 12 goals but just 24 assists, 154 shots and a -8 rating. Two seasons ago, Boyle had 48 points (9 G, 39 A), a +10 and 252 SOG in 81 games.
Daniel Carcillo, LW, NYR6/3/2014 7:47:00 PM
Description: On appeal, New York left wing Daniel Carcillo had his suspension reduced from ten games to six. SOURCE:
Insight: He made contact with an official in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals and sat out the rest of the series. Carcillo is eligible to return in Game 4 of the upcoming Stanley Cup Finals against the Kings.
Carey Price, G, MON5/31/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: Montreal netminder Carey Price won't need surgery for the knee injury he suffered against the Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. SOURCE: Associated Press
Insight: It's fair to wonder how the series, which the Rangers won in six games, would have played out had Price been healthy. Either way, it sounds like he should be fine for the start of next season.
Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYR5/29/2014 10:56:00 PM
Description: Henrik Lundqvist shook off a brutal outing in Game 5 to shut out Montreal in the Rangers' series-clinching win Thursday at Madison Square Garden.
Insight: New York is headed to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1994. Lundqvist has saved a remarkable 92.2 percent of the shots he's faced this postseason. The Rangers will face the winner of the Blackhawks/Kings series that resumes tomorrow night in Los Angeles.
Dale Weise, RW, MON5/29/2014 3:00:00 PM
Description: Montreal right wing Dale Weise will not play Thursday in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. SOURCE: The Bergen Record
Insight: Weise took a blow to the head in Game 5, though the Canadiens aren't calling his injury a concussion. Rangers defenseman John Moore was handed a two-game suspension for the hit.
J.T. Miller, C, NYR5/29/2014 11:23:00 AM
Description: Rangers rookie center J.T. Miller is doubtful for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final Tuesday against Montreal due to an upper body injury (shoulder).
Insight: He didn't travel with the team to Montreal for Game 5 and its unclear whether he'll be ready for this game. Miller has posted six points in 30 regular season games and two points in four playoff games.
Dale Weise, RW, MON5/29/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Montreal winger Dale Weise is questionable for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final Thursday against New York after taking a blow to the head in Game 5.
Insight: Weise had just 16 points in 61 regular season games between Vancouver and Montreal, but has been productive in the playoffs with three goals and four assists in 16 games.
Alexei Emelin, D, MON5/29/2014 11:18:00 AM
Description: Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin is questionable for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final Thursday against New York due to a lower body injury.
Insight: Emelin has posted three goals and 14 assists in 54 regular games, but just two assists in 15 playoff games with a -4 rating.
John Moore, D, NYR5/28/2014 8:21:00 PM
Description: New York defenseman John Moore has been suspended for the last two games of the Eastern Conference Finals. Moore received a game misconduct for a high hit on Montreal right wing Dale Weise Tuesday in Game 5. SOURCE:
Insight: If the Rangers clinch in Game 6, Moore will be suspended for the opening game of the Stanley Cup Finals. Moore has averaged 14 minutes of ice time per game in the postseason.
Alex Galchenyuk, C, MON5/28/2014 11:09:00 AM
Description: Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk (knee) has recorded three points in four games since returning to the lineup.
Insight: Galchenyuk missed the first two series of the playoffs with a knee injury. He scored a goal and had an assist Tuesday against the Rangers.
Rene Bourque, LW, MON5/28/2014 11:07:00 AM
Description: Montreal left wing Rene Bourque had a hat trick in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Rangers Tuesday night.
Insight: Bourque has eight goals this postseason after scoring nine in 63 games during the regular season.
Chris Kreider, LW, NYRHot5/28/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: Rangers winger Chris Kreider had a goal and three assists in New York's loss to Montreal in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals Tuesday night.
Insight: Kreider has eight points in the series and 10 points in nine postseason games.
Derek Stepan, C, NYR5/28/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Rangers center Derek Stepan (jaw) had two goals in his return to the lineup for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Insight: Stepan broke his jaw in Game 3 when he took a high hit from Brandon Prust. He's produced nine points in his last six playoff games.
Derek Stepan, C, NYR5/27/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Rangers center Derek Stepan (jaw) did not play in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Montreal and is questionable for Game 5.
Insight: Stepan broke his jaw in Game 3 when he took a high hit from Brandon Prust. He has been a solid points producer during the playoff season with 11 points (3 G, 8 A) in 17 games.
J.T. Miller, C, NYR5/27/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Rangers rookie center J.T. Miller is doubtful for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final Tuesday against Montreal due to an upper body injury (shoulder).
Insight: He didn't travel with the team to Montreal, but its unclear whether he'll be there for the game. Miller posted six points in 30 regular season games and two points in four playoff games.
Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYRHot5/26/2014 9:26:00 AM
Description: Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist wasn't one of the three stars of Game 4, but he did stop 27 of 29 shots en route to the victory and a 3-1 lead in the series.
Insight: Lundqvist has stopped 109 of 117 attempts (.931 save percentage) in this series. He's 11-7 with a .931 save percentage and a 1.98 GAA in 18 playoff games this season.
Derek Stepan, C, NYR5/25/2014 8:00:00 PM
Description: Rangers center Derek Stepan (jaw) will not play in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Montreal.
Insight: Stepan broke his jaw in Game 3 when he took a high hit from Brandon Prust. It's possible he'll miss the rest of the postseason, though a couple of Montreal players have expressed doubt about the severity of Stepan's injury.

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